Is the WS-17 a variant of the Al-222?I never quite got why the WP-14 Kunlun exists at all. China had the license to build the Rolls-Royce Spey aka WS-9 back then. So why did they not just build a combat jet with two of those engines instead? Not that it matters anymore given combat jets with the WS-10 now exist.
I have heard some people say online that China already got all it needed out of their purchase of Motor Sich including. All schematics and key personnel. That all the nationalization of Motor Sich will achieve is the termination of all their engine sales to China. If this is true then Ukraine certainly shot itself in the foot. We might simply see the Al-222 produced in China.
Ah, I see. I suppose they’ll have to work on it now(assuming they paused development) since Ukraine blocked the Motor Sich sale - unless it doesn’t affect Al-222 deliveries?It is supposed to serve the same purpose, i.e. be a propulsion unit for the JL-10. Like Deino said it is a unicorn engine no one has seen yet.